Saturday, August 12, 2017

Western Avenue Bridge over CS&SC in Chicago, IL

(Bridge Hunter, Historic Bridges3D Satellite)
MWRD posted
Historical Photo of the Week: The Western Ave bridge over the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal, looking north, showing the laying of timber for paving on February 13, 1925.
[Note the streetcars. The canal level off to the right looks rather high.]
MWRD posted
Historical photo of the week: Onlookers watch while a worker places pavers on the Western Ave bridge over the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal on February 13, 1925.

Bridge Hunter indicated the current bridge was built in 1940 and rehabilitated in 1942. I was wondering had to be fixed just two years later. It turns out the bridge was not the problem, World War II was the problem. As discussed earlier postings, the bridges on the canal were made movable during WWII so that submarines from Manatowic, WI and landing craft from a shipyard on the North Branch of the Chicago River could go to New Orleans because the east coast shipyards were considered too vulnerable to Nazi submarines.

HAER ILL, 16-chig, 163--1 from il0605

1. LONG VIEW LOOKING EAST FROM SCISSORS BRIDGE - Western Avenue, Sanitary & Ship Canal Bridge, Spanning Sanitary & Ship Canal, Chicago, Cook County, IL

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